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Watford predicted lineup vs Burnley - Premier League

Tom Gott
Watford are back in action
Watford are back in action / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages
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The Roy Hodgson era at Watford will get underway on Saturday when he takes his new side to Turf Moor to face Burnley.

Hodgson's task begins with a crucial six-pointer against Burnley, but he'll have to navigate that without suspended top scorer Emmanuel Dennis and star winger Ismaila Sarr, who is in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final.

Here's how the boss could set up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

William Troost-Ekong
Troost-Ekong is back available / Malcolm Couzens/GettyImages

Daniel Bachmann (GK) - Ben Foster will hope to shake off an illness to feature here, but Bachmann may be Hodgson's preferred starter anyway.

Kiko Femenia (RB) - Hodgson may opt for the more experienced Femenia instead of young Jeremy Ngakia.

William Troost-Ekong (CB) - Back after AFCON duty, Troost-Ekong could slot straight back into the lineup.

Samir (CB) - Nicolas Nkoulou is yet to return from Cameroon so January signing Samir should get another start.

Hassane Kamara (LB) - Another January signing, Kamara has been the preferred starter on the left since he arrived.

2. Midfielders

Moussa Sissoko
Sissoko could be key for Watford / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Juraj Kucka (CM) - Someone of Kucka's vast experience will appeal to Hodgson.

Moussa Sissoko (CM) - Nobody in the Watford squad understands Premier League life quite like Sissoko, who will likely be one of Hodgson's go-to guys this year.

Imran Louza (CM) - A fresh start could be what Louza needs. The expensive summer signing hasn't played much but is back from AFCON duty and should feature here.

3. Forwards

Joao Pedro
Pedro should move inside / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages

Josh King (RW) - New signing Samuel Kalu may not be thrown into the fray just yet, so expect King to start out wide.

Joao Pedro (ST) - Dennis is out for this one, so the responsibility up top will rest with Pedro.

Ken Sema (LW) - Pedro's move inside should give Sema another shot to add his first goal of the season out left.


You can read 90min's preview of Burnley vs Watford here.

You can read Watford's predicted lineup here.

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